MATT Beeley kicked a late penalty to ease Warrington RUFC nerves in a 34-25 win at Tarleton.

Warrington led 24-0 in the first half of their seasons's last game but Tarleton found a way back into the contest and only trailed 31-25 with a man advantage in the final five minutes.

Coach stuart Beeley said: “We almost let this game slip and were particularly vulnerable to Tarleton’s counter rucking.

"I am, however, happy with the big improvements the squad has made over the year and feel we can improve still further next season whether in this league or wherever any league restructuring may take us.”

A blistering start thanks to centre Jack Stride touching down in the opening five minutes was continued when prop Tom Green made the most of fine approach work by Joe Taylor, Stride and Stevens.

Beeley stretched Warrington’s lead with a fine individual effort from the halfway line and JP Hudson converted.

A converted pushover try by the Warrington pack was secured by captain Josh Downes to give Warrington a bonus point but Tarleton started their fightback just before the break.

Whether from complacency with the comfortable lead or the result of a two week lay-off, Warrington began to lose the upper hand despite a try from Taylor converted by Hudson, who then earned a yellow card for a tackle in the air as his side finished the game in nervous fashion.

Meanwhile, a scratch Lymm seconds lost 38-5 in their final game of the season at bottom club Rossendale in the NOWIRUL Cotton Traders Premier League.

Lymm finish the campaign in fifth place.

Gav Woods stood out for Lymm and was rewarded with a try in the closing minutes.

Lymm's thirds drew 42-42 against Winnington Park's seconds in their last game of term.

As a result, Lymm finish fourth in NOWIRUL The Right Broker Division Three South.